A Modern Art Merger

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending a truly vibrant and unique wedding. This occasion was a real treat (literally, thanks to the jaw-dropping cake ball buffet) because not only was I able to witness the nuptials of a dear friend, but I also got to see the fruits of my glittery labor in action.

Rachel approached me in the spring about designing the paper for her fall wedding, which was to be held at Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Never a devotee to tradition, she gave me complete creative reign over the project, even rejecting my first inspiration board because it was too mainstream. (What? A client pushing for more funk and flair?! Is this real?) She even approved my suggestion of throwing glitter paint at her invitations.

The suite we compiled was a soup-to-nuts collection including invitation sets, rehearsal dinner sets, escort cards, table numbers, programs, wrapping paper and even a ketubbah (the Jewish wedding contract). I employed four pattern themes of honeycomb, concentric circles, overlapping ribbons and feathers, all overlayed with watercolor. The graphics were a little messy, which paired perfectly with a handwriting font for the display type (Mr Leopolde from MyFonts) and a clean body font to ground the look (GeoSans Light).

Rachel’s colors were autumnal jewel tones: eggplant, auburn, terra cotta, mustard and chocolate. This palette came off rich, sumptuous and bold against the modern bright white of the museum’s atrium.

Accomplishing the glitter splatters took some experimenting, but I found that watered down jewel glue and a hefty dose of Martha Stewart glitter did the trick. Also required was a lot of drying space and a husband’s tolerance for a bedazzled wife… I was speckled with gold glitter for days after production was complete! Needless to say, this client was a paper designer’s dream.

Thank you, Rachel, for the chance to put together something truly unique! I’m proud to show this project off!

Paper: 150lb cotton
Glitter: Martha Stewart smoky quartz
Fonts: Mr Leopolde | GeoSans Light


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